An indoor-tennis center with a $6 million price tag is coming soon to the Dove Valley area near Centennial, boasting six courts, a retail pro shop, workout facility, personal trainers, and a kitchen and social space for post-match celebrations and events.
The facility at 7760 S. Wheeling Court, near East Broncos Parkway and South Potomac Street, will sit in a wide-open area of undeveloped land next to Centennial Airport and Dove Valley Regional Park.
Randy Ross, the head boys tennis coach at Kent Denver School and the former varsity boys tennis coach at Cherry Creek High School, has led the Kent team to 10 state titles in the 4A league and won the Colorado High School Activities Association 4A Coach of the Year award twice. He said he has always dreamed of owning a tennis club, and now that dream will bring a tennis facility to a metro area that puts tennis in high demand.
Here's a few highlights to know about the upcoming facility.
“The timeline is to break ground in early summer and to be open late in 2018,” said Ross, who established his first location, the Randy Ross Tennis Center, at the Hilton Denver Inverness hotel just a few minutes west of the new location.
The cost to build the Randy Ross Tennis Center at Dove Valley is $6.2 million, and the square footage will be 58,580.
An 'underserved' area
The Denver metro area is underserved in terms of indoor-tennis facilities, Ross said.
“Given the population combined with the popularity of tennis here, there is a need for more indoor courts,” Ross said. “The City of Arvada just opened a four-court facility. There is a six-court club under construction in Parker. The University of Denver partnered with (Denver Public Schools) to build a seven-court indoor and six-court outdoor facility that will open this fall. And that won't be enough to satisfy the need.”
Pulling out all the stops
The facility will bring six tennis courts and what Ross calls the “best playing and viewing environment” in the Denver area, complete with a 49-foot ceiling, air conditioning, locker rooms and a 2,880-square-foot mezzanine viewing area with a kitchen. That area in the center of the building will overlook three tennis courts on each side and include seating for social gatherings after matches and to watch the action on the courts.
The workout facility will be managed by Jason Brown and his business, Core Kinetics, and will feature cardio, weights, cable machines, Pilates, indoor turf and a 50-yard outdoor-fitness track. Massage therapy, physical therapy and personal trainers will service members' training needs, Ross said.
Not the average
Most other indoor-tennis facilities in the Denver area are part of an athletic club, Ross said.
“Therefore, the tennis member pays dues for facilities they may not wish to use. The Randy Ross Tennis Center is a tennis-only club that will emphasize an elite, professionally run tennis environment,” Ross said. The “facility design has a strong emphasis in social and viewing space — much more so than any other facility in Denver.
The club is aimed at tennis players of all ages and abilities, and staff will help members have a professional experience playing or getting better at the game, Ross said.
“It will be a fun place to be because tennis is a game, and games are meant to be fun,” Ross said. “But it will be serious fun — not recreation department-level fun.”
Long time coming
For the longtime coach, it's a personal endeavor.
“In my tennis travels around the country, I have seen numerous facilities and would note what was good or bad about their design. I have designed many clubs over the years on a notepad while returning home on a plane,” Ross said. “Then, the time came when I decided I was going to go for it. With the help of a great group of investors, my dream is very close to becoming a reality.”
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